Business Women Forum-Palestine

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BWF

The Business Women Forum (BWF) is a national non-profit association established in 2006, to help “strengthen the role of businesswomen as leaders in the Palestinian economy through advocacy, networking, and the provision of business services”.

Since its establishment, BWF’s relevance as a voice for women business owners and entrepreneurs within the Palestinian business community has increased substantially through designing and implementing a series of targeted interventions including:

  • Building the capacity of business women, women entrepreneurs and youth through the Business Development Centre (BDC), the technical arm of BWF. The BDC of BWF provides business development services including private coaching and consultancy, tailored trainings, access to finance and access to market opportunities.
  • Encourage women entrepreneurship through targeting young entrepreneurs to join a Business Plan Competition (BPC) for women-owned SME’s, Internship Program to qualify them for the labour market, and Role Model Program that has been organized in cooperation with schools and universities.
  • Advocate and promotion of women issues in the business sector through advocacy and drafting of concept papers and policy notes related to women entrepreneurs through the BWF Advocacy Unit, and organizing hundreds of workshops, seminars, and round table discussions in order to help them reach decision making positions.
  • Active participation in national teams for drafting relevant policies including: The National Team for Women Employment, The National Team for the National Export Strategy, and The Advisory Council for The Technical Education Policies.
  • Active and founding member of several national and regional forums such as: the General Assembly of The Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF), and the MENA Business Women Network (BWN).

 

Vision:

BWF aims, through partnership and integration with partner and supportive institutions that are active in empowering women in the private sector, to achieve its vision of:

“The Business Women Forum will play a central role in supporting women to become leaders in the visible and invisible economy of Palestine”.

Mission:

 “The Business Women Forum is a leading private sector institution that works to strengthen the role of businesswomen and Entrepreneurs in the Palestinian economy and society through: building their capacities and skills, advocating their role, establishing networks and coalitions, and contributing in reducing the barriers faced by women.”

 Strategic Goals:

  1. Supporting the establishment and growth of women owned SMEs and entrepreneurs.
  2. Building capacities and skills of women entrepreneurs to manage an enterprise
  3. Advocating the value of women entrepreneurs in the Palestinian economy.
  4. Strengthening the organizational capacity of the BWF.

Contact Us:

Palestine, Ramallah, Al Balou’ area

Al Fare’ Building, 2nd floor

Telephone: +970-2-2425612/3

Fax: +970-2-2425614

P.O. Box: 4372 Al- Bireh

Email: info@bwf.ps

Website: www.bwf.ps

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BusinessWomenForum

 

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